The Middle colonies were proprietary colonies with the exception of New York, which was a provincial colony. Religion in the Middle colonies was very diverse and the colonies were known for religious tolerance. The geography of the region provided for excellent farming, growth of livestock, and the trade of mainly raw materials for manufactured goods. As a result the economy was not centered primarily on shipping or farming but rather a mix of the two. The middle colonies were much more diverse than the New England ones with only 40% being English. The remainder was made up fairly equally with people from all over Europe and about 12% from Africa. Again the gender ratio was more equal than the South because there was not a large dependence
Religion played an important role in each of the British colonies. Many Christian groups tried to enforce religious observance through the colony's government and the local town's rules. Some laws stated that everyone must attend a house of worship and pay taxes that helped fund the pay of ministers. Out of the thirteen colonies, only eight had official churches. In the colony, those who practice a different version of Christianity or a non- Christian faith were sometimes killed (www.facinghistory.org 1). After researching the American colonies, religion had a big impact on their lifestyle and culture.
Slavery existed a long time before it came to the colonies. Americans used slaves for plantation and their agricultural enterprise. By bringing slaves this allowed a big amount of workers to be controlled by one owner. It wasn’t until later slavery became a black thing. The first Africans Slaves came to America as indentured Servants they would work for their freedom.
Religion in the Southern colonies wasn’t as big of a deal like it was in the Middle, and Northern colonies. The main religion in the south was, Anglican. The economy in the south was like no other. The South has warm weather and a good amount of rainfall. The two main crops included: tobacco and rice. Southern colonies society was built around their crops, slaves, and plantations. In the Northern colonies they built their society around religion and being fishing. There economy grew from fishing, mainly for with Cod. Religion played a huge role in the Northern colonies, it was a separation of church and state. The Middle colonies economy came from growing crops and fur trading with the Native Americans. There was religion freedom in the Middle
Agriculture dominated the south with its ability to produce exceptional wealth for plantation owners. However, they were in need of labor and so they “made all men their slaves in hopes of recompenses.” (Doc. F) Many Englishmen brought over indentured servants from Europe who served as the foundation of the labor force for plantations. Soon enough, ¾ of the population in the south colonies were made of indentured servants.
The farmland was so large that they needed slaves and servants to work on the land. This need for labor brought about the slave trade in which African slaves were sold at high prices to rich plantation owners. In the Chesapeake region the ratio of indentured servants was above 40 percent. (Hawke, 120) SInce, more tobacco was cultivated the need for labor was high compared to the New England. The tobacco farming made Chesapeake different than the New England.
Similar to the way that the thirteen colonies in America were under the constricting grips of the English rule, the slaves in the colonies were in a coinciding situation, this time with the Americans on the authoritative side of things. Throughout the 1600’s and certainly tens, if not hundreds of years prior, there were slaves in the colonies, or what the colonies once were. Even though all throughout history there have been slaves to some degree, the slave population in the now American colonies increased greatly in the later decades of the 1700’s. Many factors led up to the dramatic increase, including reduced migration, which occurred when the wages for English workers went up, leading to a smaller supply of immigrants to work in the colonies,
How could the same individuals with the freeing thoughts of the Enlightenment, also be the same individuals that participated with the haze of the salem witch trials? They are practically complete opposites. The enlightenment was a European time of intellectual movement occurring during (late 17th and 18th centuries) emphasising reason and individualism rather than tradition. However the salem witch trials were forcing people to conform to what others considered to be the right frame of mind. Which, to the church was that any supernatural powers was point blank evil and of the devil and anything beyond understanding and reason is wrong. The whole purpose of the enlightenment however was to encourage individualism rather than tradition, so how could these two
As colonies developed in the Americas, various similarities emerged between them. In New England, this included a tendency to oppose control in religious and political aspects. Many colonies formed in the search for religious freedom; however, this was often seen as a threat to the king’s authority. Religious differences often created conflict between the colonies and royal control.
In colonial America, the citizens did not know exactly what they wanted for their government. The colonists knew they didn’t want their lives to be like they had been in England. They were open to ideas; they did not know what would work and what wouldn’t. The colonists knew that trial and error was the best idea at the time. The democratic and undemocratic features of colonial America were very apparent in that democracy as it was a work in progress.
The Chesapeake colonies were part of the Anglican church, who had to take oaths of allegiance before they could leave for the New World (Doc. C). The Chesapeake colonies were located in an environment that was perfect for crops such as tobacco and rice, which lead to a strong economy. The New England colonies had a much harsher climate, which didn’t allow for as much farming. New England was still able to maintain a robust economy through lumber and fishing. Because of the large amount of crops that needed cultivating, there was a large enslaved population in the
Freedom to Prosecute Religion Colonial America is often thought of as a safe haven from religious persecution. Future colonists had been persecuted for not accepting their countries ' religious doctrine and were willing to travel long distances in search of religious freedom. Religious freedom would still be far from grasp as Puritans would continue their homelands traditions of persecution for many more years. Puritans, unlike the Pilgrims (who sought to completely separate from the Church of England), wanted to purify the Church.
By the mid seventeenth century, England had secured its claim to several west indian islands. The colonies continued to develop between 1607 and 1754. In the Southern Colonies, religion was a big factor in the development of this colonial region because it impacted the political developments, affected the social developments, and lastly the religion sometimes varied with the development of the New England Colonies. Colonists in the southern territory were a mixture of religions including Baptist and Anglicans. The Southern Colonies consisted of Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.
Religion. It is a topic discussed throughout all of America as well as the rest of the world on a daily basis. There have been wars over it, political elections decided because of it, and millions of participants throughout the years. It is a part of several monumental pieces of history and carries on into the present day. Religion is what our nation is fundamentally built upon, all the way back to when the pilgrims came over on the Mayflower bringing their puritan based beliefs with them. What is interesting is that these beliefs from so long ago are still traced all throughout the everyday lives of Americans. It is asked, how is this possible, when the world is so different today than it was fifty or one hundred years ago? The answer is literature. Written works have made it
There are many views and opinions of the state of the United States on this subject. It has long been a puzzling issue that never seems to seize. America should have religious freedom, because it is a constitutional right to Americans. Prayer in school, gay marriage, and governmental control, are among some of the main issues in this topic.